In some cases, rural America is seeing the smart grid arrive at their doorstep well before their urban and suburban counterparts.
Over the past half decade, Illinois utilities have spent billions on building out a smarter, cleaner and more efficient power grid.
At a Chicago conference, participants try to figure out who should pay for grid modernization efforts and how to quantify costs and benefits that are often intangible or based on a constantly shifting mosaic of variables.
Illinois regulators have launched a collaborative, statewide effort to share knowledge and build consensus around the myriad challenges facing a modernizing, 21st-century power grid.
Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by the state’s top utility to open up anonymized energy usage data to third-party companies and researchers.
Much of the work toward making the grid smarter, cleaner and more reliable takes place behind the scenes — quiet, incremental advances in technology familiar mostly to engineering experts and utility technicians.
A relatively inconspicuous company has played a significant role in the innovation and build-out of the country’s grid over the past century, including the development of the smart grid in the Chicago area and across the continent today.
An Illinois utility’s plan to accelerate and expand deployment of smart meters won approval from state regulators Thursday.
An esoteric smart-grid technology is gaining prominence as expanded solar capacity poses new challenges to utilities and grid operators.
As utilities are increasingly installing smart meters and providing customers with data about usage, advocates say they are not generally offering the data quickly enough or in as much detail as needed.